Friday, April 19, 2024

Andhra Pradesh HC grants anticipatory bail to Chandrababu Naidu in Angallu violence case, TDP chief to remain behind bars in other cases

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday granted anticipatory bail to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President Nara Chandrababu Naidu in the case related to violence that took place at Angallu village in Annamaya district on August 4.

Earlier on Thursday, the single-judge Bench of Justice K. Suresh Reddy had reserved verdict after hearing arguments from both sides in the case.

Mudivedu police had registered a case against Naidu following the August 4 violence.

The Crime Investigation Department (CID) opposed Naidu’s bail plea stating that his remarks were responsible for the incident.

Despite getting anticipatory bail in the Angallu case, Naidu will continue to remain in judicial custody in connection with other cases including the alleged skill development scam case in which the CID had arrested him last month.

On Thursday, a team of specialist doctors visited Rajamahendravaram central prison to examine Naidu’s health after he complained of skin allergy.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will today hear Naidu’s plea challenging the Andhra Pradesh High Court order, which refused to grant him anticipatory bail in the FiberNet scam.

The matter will be heard by the Bench of Justice Aniruddha Bose and Justice Bela Trivedi today. The Apex Court will also hear his petition to quash the FIR in the skill development scam case at 2 pm today.

The former Chief Minister has been accused of playing a ‘key role’ in the Andhra Pradesh FiberNet scam, which took place during the TDP term in the state.

The state crime investigation department (CID) has accused Naidu of exerting pressure on officials to favour a certain company that was awarded the FiberNet contract, despite its alleged lack of necessary qualifications.

Earlier on October 9, the Andhra Pradesh High Court had refused to grant bail to the former chief minister in connection with three different cases registered against him regarding corruption and riots.

The single-judge Bench of Justice K. Suresh Reddy dismissed the regular bail petitions filed by Naidu in connection with the Angallu violence case and the Inner Ring Road alignment change case, along with the anticipatory bail plea in the AP Fibernet Grid case.

It was alleged that the master plan of Amaravati capital city, alignment of the inner ring road and the seed capital were manipulated during Naidu’s regime, in order to provide undue enrichment to several companies.

The Angallu case pertained to the stone pelting, arson and riot incident, which took place during a political rally taken out by the TDP chief at Angallu in Annamayya district in August.

Naidu was also implicated in the FiberNet case, which alleged tender manipulation in allotting a work order under Phase-1 of the AP FiberNet Project of Rs 330 crore to a favoured company.

As per the Crime Investigation Department of Andhra Pradesh, irregularities took place from the allotting of the tender to completion of the total project, causing a huge loss to the state exchequer.

Naidu is currently under judicial remand in the Rajamahendravaram central prison in the Skill development Corporation scam case, which resulted in an alleged loss of over Rs 300 crore to the state exchequer.


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